IAI aims for 737-800BDSF STC by next month

Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Aviation Group is nearing the end of testing for its 737-800BDSF program and expects to receive the supplemental type certificate (STC) by the end of August 2019, the company tells Cargo Facts. Certification had previously been anticipated for May or June this year. Test flights with the first 737-800 to be […]

Freighter aircraft leasing part II: E-commerce behind growing leasing market

Last week, we began our two-part annual analysis of the increasingly complex world of freighter aircraft leasing. In part I, we started with an overview of how the freighter fleet belonging to lessors has evolved since our analysis a year ago. In part II, we consider the leased fleet by carrier, and how year-over-year shifts […]

Turboprop freighter fleet analysis 2019: A stable niche or still nascent?

The turboprop freighter fleet for aircraft with payloads of 3.8 - 8.8 tonnes grew by just 7% year-over-year to 181 units in June 2019, up 12 units from a total of 169 the year prior. While growth of 7% wouldn’t be unimpressive on its own, many of the additions this year stemmed from the reactivation […]

Mongolian startup adds first 737-300F to AOC, will it make freighters work in Mongolia?

On 20 July, a 737-300F (25172, ex-China Postal Airlines) landed in Ulan Bator (ULN) on delivery to startup carrier Mongolian Airways Cargo. Long-term plans call for the conversion of at least two more 737-300s to support continued growth of the fleet, a source familiar with the startup’s plans told Cargo Facts. Once operational, the aircraft […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 23, 2019

UPS Seeks Airline-Type Status for Long-Distance Drone Deliveries

United Parcel Service Inc. is seeking approval to operate delivery drones under the same rules as a private jet service, unlocking the potential to carry health-care packages over long distances between hospitals. The company is working with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration to obtain Part 135 certification this year, a step toward freeing it from […]
  • Bloomberg News
  • July 23, 2019

IAI aims for 737-800BDSF STC by next month

Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Aviation Group is nearing the end of testing for its 737-800BDSF program and expects to receive the supplemental type certificate (STC) by the end of August 2019, the company tells Cargo Facts. Certification had previously been anticipated for May or June this year. Test flights with the first 737-800 to be […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 23, 2019

Executives from DHL Express and SF Express to speak at Cargo Facts Symposium

The lineup of air cargo industry legends speaking at the 25th Annual Cargo Facts Symposium in San Diego has recently expanded to include Rob Hyslop, SVP of Global Aviation, DHL Express, and George Li, Group VP, SF Express. Cargo Facts Symposium 2019 will be held 16-18 October at the Intercontinental San Diego. For more information, […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 23, 2019

More international flights for YTO Airlines

Last week, YTO Cargo Airlines announced it was adding two new international destinations to its network and began serving Tashkent International Airport (TAS) in Uzbekistan, and Manila International Airport (MNL) in the Philippines. On 15 July, YTO commenced flights from Ürümqi (URC) in western China, to TAS utilizing a 737-300F. The following day, YTO launched the […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 23, 2019

Aviastar-TU plans to add more 757Fs

Russia-based Aviastar-TU will “most probably” expand its fleet with more 757Fs in 2020, the carrier confirmed to Cargo Facts. Aviastar-TU currently operates three 757-200Fs and four TU-204-100Cs. The carrier joined the ranks of those who operate the freighter version of the 757 when it took delivery of its first 757-200PCF (25731, ex-American Airlines) in August […]
  • Jeff Lee
  • July 22, 2019

Steep declines follow May uptick in June first look

As airports and carriers begin to report June 2019 cargo results, the picture of generally sluggish demand remains unchanged from the previous months. Despite the return to growth of a few Asia Pacific-based carriers during May 2019, almost unanimously, carriers and airports based in the region reported lower traffic in June 2019 compared to the […]
  • Charles Kauffman and Caryn Livingston
  • July 22, 2019

Boeing credit rating could be at risk in 737 Max crisis

Boeing Co.’s credit rating is at risk as the grounding of the company’s 737 Max jetliner drags into a fifth month, with Moody’s Investors Service joining Fitch Ratings in sounding a warning. The planemaker faces a $5 billion cash-flow drain this year as it continues to churn out aircraft it can’t deliver until regulators around […]
  • Charles Kauffman
  • July 22, 2019
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